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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: Eggnog Kisses by Mireille Chester / @W_I_Promos @MireilleChester

Title: Eggnog Kisses
Author: Mireille Chester
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
Reviewed For: Wickedly Innocent Promotions

It’s been six months since Kaley’s fiancĂ© called things off, disappearing with barely an explanation, and the thought of spending Christmas alone is causing feelings of hurt and loneliness to ruin her holiday cheer.  Tall, dark, quiet, and ever the gentleman, her next door neighbor has been sneaking into her thoughts more often than not lately.  When she decides to ask him to go to a Christmas party on a spur of the moment whim, she has no idea she’s about to unleash a whole new dimension on her usually normal life.

Born in Quelondain, Sean is no stranger to a broken heart.  Though it’s been years since the one he loved fated to his best friend, the ache is still present and crossing over to the other world hasn’t helped like he’d hoped it would.  When Kaley asks him to accompany her to a Christmas party his gut tells him to stay away.  It’s not that he isn’t attracted or tempted, but how is he supposed to explain his past and what he is.  Of course, it’s just one evening, right?  What could possibly happen in one night?

Two broken hearts…

Two worlds…

One fate…

What an interesting, sweet, paranormal/fantasy short story.

The story begins normal enough with introductions to Sean and Kaley who've lived next door to each other in their apartment complex for five years. In that time, they've only shared a wall and polite conversations. But it's when Kaley's fiance up and leaves that their relationship changes. They become friends whose feelings for one another evolve into something more, something deeper. Agreeing to pose as a couple at a Christmas party seems innocent enough, but I wondered how long they'd keep quiet about their feelings when it became more and more obvious that their hearts were more involved than I think they were aware of.

But the deeper issue wasn't their feelings. It was the truth about Sean, what he was, where he was from, why he was going back. This is where the story turns from contemporary to paranormal and fantasy.

Because of Sean's sister's drunken actions, he has to return home to Quelondian with his girlfriend Kaley. Problem is they were only pretending and it was only supposed to be for a night. Now it has to be for a week in a place Kaley doesn't know exists where "normal" isn't her kind of "normal".

It was neat to see genres entwined so nicely. Sean is a shifter, but Quelondian is a parallel universe where cows lay eggs, mammoth like creatures are carnivores, moving between Earth and Quelondian requires crossing stones, etc. Ms. Chester invites the reader to imagine the impossible as possible, the unbelievable as believable with this story.

There are parts that could have been expanded on, where more depth and detail could have been added, but the lack of "meat", I guess you could say, didn't keep me from enjoyed it. I do hope to read more about Quelondian and Sean's family. I also hope those stories include an appearance or two by Sean and Kaley.

Mireille Chester is a stay at home mom of three children and wife to an amazingly supportive husband. Her time is spent playing with the kids, reading, writing, and watching movies with her hubby.

Mireille is a fantasy author who loves to spend time in made up worlds filled with magic. She is a firm believer that no hero is perfect and that all villains are burdened with a tiny shred of humanity. While she writes her Adult and YA novels under the name Mireille Chester, she is now writing a middle grade series under the name M.G. Chester.

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